Crafting Sustainability: Day One

On this page you can find summaries and audio files for the presentations given on the first day of Crafting Sustainability and Wellbeing.

James Ryan

James is Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Geography at Exeter University. He is currently working with geographer Caitlin DeSilvey and photographer Steven Bond on an Arts and Humanities Research Council projected titled ‘Small is Beautiful?’ based at the Cornwall Campus of the University of Exeter. His talk discusses this collaborative documentary project, which focuses on the making and mending of everyday objects in the South West. He states that the project has three linked objectives frame the project: (1) the documentation of workplaces; (2) the exploration of alternative approaches to visual-material research; and (3) dialogue within communities about everyday aesthetics, cultural value, and social change.

Listen: James Ryan

Kate Fletcher

Dr Kate Fletcher is a designer-researcher, consultant and writer in fashion and sustainability. Her work has been at the forefront of sustainability ideas and research practice in fashion for the last fifteen years and contributes to the fashion and sustainability agenda through her work business, education, policy and research. Kate is Reader in Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion where her latest project explores the ‘craft of use’. In her talk, Kate describes her involvement in the Local Wisdom project. She has been working with ideas linked to resourceful and satisfying practices associated with using garments: the ‘craft of use’. She shares examples of attachment to specific garments, and processes of everyday customisation and mending that add personal value to items of clothing. These practices are seen as contributing to post-growth ideas and fostering self-reliance.

Listen: Kate Fletcher

Carolina Escobar-Tello

Carolina is interested in questions about happiness, communities, and the power of ‘making & doing’. Her PhD looked at understanding the way in which design can contribute in a holistic way to sustainability. It investigated and proposed the design methods, and characteristics of sustainable products, services or systems capable of contributing to our happiness, hence shaping and promoting society towards sustainable lifestyles. She also have professional design experience in the industrial and governmental arena. She has a special interest in design for sustainable lifestyles and societies, and the evolving role of Designers. Her talk shares her interest in ‘new thinking for sustainable futures’, ‘emotional design’, and ‘design for sustainable behaviour’.

Listen: Carolina Escobar-Tello

Larch Maxey

Larch Maxey gained a Law degree from Manchester University in 1993. Whilst completing an MSc in Environmental Policy in 1994 he co-founded the NO M65 direct action anti-road camp where he lived for one year. He has since founded grassroots direct action campaigns on a range of issues including genetic engineering and aviation. He completed his PhD on sustainable communities in 2003 and has researched and published broadly within the fields of sustainability, resistance and children’s geographies. Larch is a Director of the Ecological Land Co-operative and his involvement with ELC began in 2007 through his work with Lammas Low Impact Initiatives Ltd., which he co-founded in 2005, and his work on a two-year Leverhulme Trust funded project on the UK Back-to-the-Land Movement (2007-9). Larch has over 20 years’ experience of teaching, researching and practicing sustainability, with over 40 academic and popular publications, including a co-edited book on Low Impact Development. He is currently a Research Fellow at Plymouth University.

Listen: Larch Maxey

Katie Bunnell

Dr Katie Bunnell is Reader in Design and leads the Autonomatic Research Group at UCF whose work explores the creative use of digital technologies within craft practices. Katie was a key player in the establishment of Hidden Art Cornwall, a franchise of Hidden Art London which provided a digital and physical support network for 200 makers in Cornwall between 2005-2009. This network enabled Autonomatic to carry out ESF and ACE funded knowledge transfer projects, Repeat and Variation and Making It Digital, introducing digital technologies to the practices of makers across the Hidden Art community.

Listen: Katie Bunnell

Day One Workshop Discussion – 
The participants of the workshop took part in a series of breakout sessions, where the themes arising from the talks were discussed. Each group then fed back to the workshop as a whole. You can listen to the audio of those feedback presentations here:
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